Farmington, NM – Farmington Police Department’s Traffic Division will increase their presence near Bisti Highway during the opening of the new Sobering Center. The center was established as a partnership between the city of Farmington, Farmington Police Department, San Juan Regional Medical Center, San Juan County, the San Juan County Adult Detention Center, Presbyterian Medical Services and Totah Behavioral Health Authority to address the issue of intoxicated individuals who are on the streets.The Sobering Center is located next to the Totah Behavioral Health Authority at 1615 Ojo Court in Farmington and will open its doors to the public on Monday, March 21, 2016.
The Farmington Police Department anticipates an increase in pedestrian traffic in the area. For the safety of all citizens, FPD’s Traffic Division will be conducting heavy enforcement, to include speed control, so drivers will slow down prior to reaching the center. The increased enforcements will occur during the initial opening of the Sobering Center. In addition, the division will be monitoring the intersections of Bisti Highway and N36 and Bisti Highway and Ojo Court in regards to using the center lane to yield or merge into traffic. This is a common issue throughout Farmington and was addressed in FPD’s Traffic Tip Tuesday blog post on March 1, 2016. For more information about appropriate use of center lanes, visit FPD’s blog at fpdblog.com.